28 May 2013

Schooling Pope Francis on Roman Catholicism

Last week, Pope Francis I, the only person in the world who supposedly has the ability to speak infallibly, graciously demonstrated for all just how fallible—and damningly wrong—he can be.

As previously reported, Pope Francis declared last week that all people, even atheists, have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and will "meet one another" if they will only "do good." The error of the pontiff's words was demonstrated here and on many other websites. Of particular interest and importance in the post "Pope Francis Does Not Know God" was the gross contradiction between the pope's words and God's words as found in Scripture. What was not addressed in that post, but now has been pointed out by a Vatican spokesman, was the glaring fact that Pope Francis blatantly contradicted the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Christian Post reports:
But in an "explanatory note on the meaning of 'salvation,'" the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman highlighted that being "good" alone is not enough to be saved. People who know about the Catholic Church, he explained, "cannot be saved" if they "refuse to enter her or remain in her."(Source)
Perhaps the Vatican is attempting to play a game of semantics with the terms "redemption" and "salvation," but that is a discussion for another time. Rosica here is alluding to Part One, Section 2 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The reader must remember that, in the CCC, the word "Church" is referencing the Roman Catholic Church, not the true Church and Body of Christ as defined in Scripture. Thus, the CCC reads as follows:
To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son's Church. the Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. the Church is "the world reconciled." She is that bark which "in the full sail of the Lord's cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world." According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah's ark, which alone saves from the flood.

"Outside the Church there is no salvation"

How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?335 Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:

Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.

(Source: 845, 846)
Of course, the pope's contradiction with and obvious disregard for Scripture is a far more dreadful offense than his inconsistency with his own church's false doctrine. Nevertheless, it can be hoped that such a blunder may at least raise a few eyebrows among those who persist in affirming the Roman Catholic Church in its error. Only one infallible person ever walked this earth, and that same person is the true and only Head of the Church: Jesus Christ, the Lord of all.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9–11)
Further Reading
Pope Francis Does Not Know God
On Praying for the Papal Vote with Rick Warren
To Those Who Would Undermine the Headship of Christ: Fall on Your Faces

2 comments:

  1. I think he is just trying to pave the way to usher people into the Roman Catholic church. You draw more bees if you use honey; therefore make it seem as easy and attractive as possible. Rome has always spoken out of both sides of her mouth. On the one hand we have the quote you've included. On the other hand, we have this from the CCC:

    841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."330

    842 The Church's bond with non-Christian religions is in the first place the common origin and end of the human race:

    All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city. . .331

    843 The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as "a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life."332

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  2. Affixed to a column at the corner of the Orsini Palace in Rome at the beginning of the sixteenth century was the following comparison between Christ and the Pope:

    Christ said: "My kingdom is not of this world." The Pope conquers cities by force.
    Christ had a crown of thorns. The Pope wears a triple diadem.
    Christ washed the feet of his disciples. The Pope has his kissed by kings.
    Christ paid tribute. The Pope takes it.
    Christ fed the sheep. The Pope shears them for his own profit.
    Christ was poor. The Pope wishes to be master of the world.
    Christ carried on His shoulders the cross. The Pope is carried on the shoulders of his servants in liveries of gold.
    Christ despised riches. The Pope has no other passion than for gold.
    Christ drove out the merchants from the temple. The Pope welcomes them.
    Christ preached peace. The Pope is the torch of war.
    Christ was meekness. The Pope is pride personified.
    Christ promulgated laws that the Pope tramples underfoot.

    When you really, really come to think about it this can be affixed there just the same now...

    ~ Despeville


    PS As relating to pope and rulling him spirit of antichrist - "The Man of Lawlessness: Nero? The Pope? Or Someone Yet to Come?" ~ AUDIO from Kim Riddlebarger: http://bit.ly/15a9TNm

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